Best known for introducing a slice of country hospitality to the heart of the city, Rydges Fortitude Valley was opened in February this year as the newest hotel to the Rydges Hotels and Resorts chain.
With an appealing location, 5 star rating and recognisable country charm it has unsurprisingly become the hub for attendees of the 2016 Royal Queensland Show, affectionately known to Queenslanders as the ‘Ekka’.
Conveniently located within the historically rich home of ‘Ekka’, Brisbane Showgrounds precinct, Rydges Fortitude Valley is ideally positioned to capture both business and leisure travellers as the district evolves to become a thriving lifestyle destination.
Since opening, the hotel was awarded 4th in the Star Ratings Australia Gold List of Australian accommodation and was recently named as a finalist in the ‘New Hotel’ category of the 2016 HM Awards.
During this month’s 2016 Royal Queensland Show, commonly known as the ‘Ekka’, Rydges Fortitude Valley is thriving with show-lovers enjoying the many impressive offerings of the hotel including dining in Six Acres Restaurant or relaxing with a drink in The Paddock Bar. Six Acres Restaurant encompasses a true paddock-to-plate approach becoming instantly popular with visitors due to its combination of intercity chic and warm country service, while The Paddock Bar’s panoramic views onto the RNA Showground and the Royal International Exhibition Centre are truly hard to pass-by.
The hotel itself provides 208 rooms of convenient and luxurious accommodation for visitors attending the show. With unrivalled show-views and vantage points for the renowned EkkaNITES Fireworks Spectacular, which offers a breathtaking fireworks finale with pyrotechnics never seen before in Australia, Rydges Fortitude Valley is the ultimate Ekka-experience.
Alongside Rydges Fortitude Valley’s impressive range of modern facilities and contemporary style thoughtfully conceived with a rural charm, the hotel has also installed complementary boot cleaners at the main entrances to ensure guest’s footwear stays clean after the show and throughout their stay.
Rydges Fortitude Valley General Manager, Matthew Hurley, said the 2016 Ekka has been a huge success and with a helpful dose of wonderful Brisbane weather, the crowds have flocked to the Brisbane Showgrounds.
“Rydges Fortitude Valley sits right on the doorstep of the Ekka with the hotel’s Paddock Bar opening directly in the Ekka grounds,” Matthew Hurley said. “The hotel has welcomed many guests from across regional Queensland for the first time and the feedback has been fantastic, and we are lucky enough that each evening the amazing EkkaNITES sets an amazing backdrop to the historic showgrounds and the new Rydges Fortitude Valley.”
Rydges Fortitude Valley embodies an aesthetic of urban chic with an equal focus on comfort and is located in the heart of Bowen Hills, where crowds have gathered since 1875 to celebrate the Royal Queensland Show.
An icon of the district’s exciting revitalisation, the hotel is situated along Brisbane’s newest and most vibrant café and retail strip of King Street, and on the fringe of the city’s renowned entertainment quarter of “the Valley”, with its eclectic mix of shopping, bars and restaurants.
Brisbane CBD is just minutes away, with the vibrant hubs of Chinatown, Newstead and New Farm all within walking distance, while convenient travel options exist for guests wishing to explore famed destinations including Queen Street, the Story Bridge, Suncorp Stadium and The Gabba.
Free WIFI is available for all Rydges guests, while all guest rooms and suites feature a mini bar, tea and coffee facilities, individually controlled air conditioning and more.